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"The Nuns" by George Moore


Title image shows a view of four wooden beach chairs looking toward a beach and water.

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Published January 1, 2023

The Nuns

by George Moore
(Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada)

pass on the Piazza
they come and go

over the sampietrini stones
built as Roman roads

with reverence to matter
pass in a line as ducks might pass

ignoring the crowd chatter
at Michelangelo's dome

and fly by Peter's tomb
its rosy porphyry

in mad design
the sanity of eternity

where Charlemagne was crowned
and the dusty wings of doves

anoint the heads of saints and martyrs
high on the half-circle colonnades

and skirt the tourists
who complain of the heat

and where to eat
and scurry off

on their one
free afternoon

George Moore has published in Arc, Grain, Poetry, Colorado Review, Orion, and Stand. His collections include Children's Drawings of the Universe (Salmon Poetry 2015) and Saint Agnes Outside the Walls (FutureCycle 2016). He lives on the south shore of Nova Scotia.

This poem is included in Poetry World #5, published in the Wax Poetry and Art Library.

Previously published in Canada Poetry Magazine:
Superior Winter

by Andrew Douglas

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